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Chinese and Saudis join UN human rights body

The appointment of China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia to the top UN body dealing with human-rights abuses – despite profound concerns over the record of all four nations on safeguarding personal freedoms – has been criticised by campaigners.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets staff at Air Radio in Kolkata, India, following his interview by the radio station

On a wing and a prayer in Sri Lanka: David Cameron ventures on to a diplomatic sticky wicket over country's human rights record

PM will meet the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, before the Commonwealth summit opens in Colombo

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Earl Browning was a counter-intelligence officer in occupied Germany after the Second World War who raised persistent but unheeded objections when the US military began using the notorious Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie as a paid informant. Browning had served in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge. At war's end he was stationed in Frankfurt, monitoring intelligence activities in the US-occupied zone.

Ronald Phillips Ohio execution delayed by judge after organ donation request

Convicted killer wants to donate a kidney to his mother and a heart to his sister

Westminster University students ‘furious’ after controversial Islamic preacher booked for charity dinner talk

National Charity Week began in controversy after Westminster Islamic Society (ISOC) asked an anti-gay and anti-semitic Muslim scholar to give a speech to over 300 students.

President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

Cameron shouldn't have gone to Sri Lanka. But here are three things he can salvage from the trip

First and foremost, he must seek accountability for egregious rights abuses

Gay rights in Uganda: Retired British man Bernard Randall to stand trial for ‘nonsensical’ Ugandan gay sex picture charges

The 65-year-old from Kent faces ‘mob vigilantism’ and death threats after film of him having sex with another man were stolen from his home

Book review: The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, By Hooman Majd

When the Iranian-born but Western-raised writer Hooman Majd decided to take his wife and baby son to live in Iran for a year, he knew the powers-that-be would not festoon his path with roses.

As Cameron prepares to travel to Sri Lanka for CHOGM, my husband - a journalist who criticised the regime - is still missing

Prageeth's disappearance changed my life. We must find him

People celebrate in Honolulu after the Hawaii State Senate approved a bill allowing same-sex marriage to be legal in the state of Hawaii

Hawaii passes gay marriage law

Move comes twenty years after the state Supreme Court ruled that barring same sex couples from tying the knot was unconstitutional

National flags of the Commonwealth countries outside the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, where the heads of government will meet at the summit

The other scandal in Sri Lanka - and 80% of Commonwealth countries: endemic homophobia

Warning that gay people are being demonised across Commonwealth comes ahead of summit this week

David Cameron has been urged to follow the lead of the Indian premier Manmohan Singh and boycott the summit

David Cameron is right to attend Commonwealth summit, says Williams Hague

Boycotting the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka would  be a missed opportunity to tackle its government over suspected human rights abuses, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday as he defended David Cameron’s decision to attend the meeting.

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